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Lejeune Marine found not guilty of hazing charges


CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) -- A Camp Lejeune Marine has been found not guilty of charges that he assaulted members of a scout sniper platoon when they could not complete a series of pushups.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that Lance Cpl. Dario Martinez was cleared in military court of eight counts of assault along with other charges.

Martinez and two other Marines were accused of hazing new members of their platoon by forcing them to do pushups in a barracks room after hours and then assaulting them when they said they couldn't keep up.

Last fall, Lance Cpl. Chad Fyffe was also found not guilty.

The third Marine charged, Lance Cpl. Michael Martin, is scheduled to appear in military court next week.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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